28 judges of the Supreme Court with 30 members sat for hearing cases through video conferencing. Three judges comprise eight judges, while two benches have two judges, through video conferencing. Justices Vineet Saran and Mohan M. Shantanagoudar are not sitting in the hearing.
The apex court has been acting in a restrictive manner since 23 March, where it is virtually hearing cases in the wake of the epidemic.
After the outbreak in March, through video conferencing, a maximum of five benches were seated daily, for an average of 30 cases per bench.
Two single judge benches are sitting for hearing cases related to transfer petitions. It is likely to continue throughout the week, and 10 can sit for virtual hearings of cases each day.
The apex court suspended the in-person hearing process on 23 March, and issued instructions to take only urgent cases through video conferencing in the lockdown period, but this trend even after the lockdown was lifted Continued
On 31 August, the Supreme Court issued the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the proposed experimental physical hearing of the cases at the request of various lawyers’ bodies.
However, no date was inserted in the SOP for the resumption of such hearings.
General Secretary Sanjeev S. The SOP issued by Kalgaonkar states, on an experimental basis, and as a pilot scheme, that the physical handling of cases may begin initially in three court-rooms and subsequently the number of cases or the number of court-rooms according to the circumstances , Can be increased or reduced.
VAV / SGK